• Short Summary

    Throughout the world, May Day is the traditional holiday of the Socialist and Communist States, and, following the lead of the traditional Moscow parade, is usually marked by a major parade that is usually both military and civilian in content.

  • Description

    Throughout the world, May Day is the traditional holiday of the Socialist and Communist States, and, following the lead of the traditional Moscow parade, is usually marked by a major parade that is usually both military and civilian in content.

    But in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, a mixture of communist ideology and the traditionally strong family ties of Asian communities has combined to produce a May Day that is quite unique. For My Day in Pyongyang could be called "national picnic day", that's if it does not rain - and it has a habit of raining almost every year on this particular date.

    But this year the weather was fine and almost the entire population took to the streets and the parks, for May Day is also very much a childrens day in this country.

    And it is the children who have one big advantage over their counterparts throughout the rest of the world. In Pyongyang, they have two major parks and funfairs - and everything is free'. Somehow a combination of eastern good manners and a strong sense of the orderly prevents the anticipated chaos, and ??? the parents who do most of the lining up to buy ice creams and sweets for their children.

    For the older members of the family, there are two curious sports. One entails lofty rope swings on which is possible to join a professional lady expert ??? whilst everybody watches the height and grace of the swing. In the villages, the aim is to swing high enough to ring a bell, but for safety reasons this added inventive is not included in the park. The other traditional sport is see-sawing - again the height and grace of the jump is the object of all attention.

    Of course, the day also gives the girls an opportunity to put on their colourful best - and womens clothes are colourful in this country in direct contrast to her communist neighbour, China - and meet the boys of the town.

    There is another opportunity for this in the evening when the day ends with another unusual May Day event - mass golk dancing in Kim ??? Sun Square. With a military band and choir to provide the backing, 25,000 people pack the square to step through a series of traditional dances with many of the foreign diplomatic and business community given a rare opportunity to join with the local inha??? in the huge circling groups of dancers.

    Dancing in the specially illuminated square goes until midnight, but then it is time to switch off the bright lights and get back to the serious business of working for the country.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAYS5YVT4528YFNAJHXOTKIX7V
    Media URN:
    VLVAYS5YVT4528YFNAJHXOTKIX7V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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